Denis Ducharme

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Denis Archie Ducharme (born March 14, 1955 in Bonnyville, Alberta, Canada) is a former Albertan MLA. From April 6 until December 15, 2006, he also served as Minister of Community Development. He did not seek re-election in the 2008 election.

Political career[edit]

In 1986, Ducharme was elected to the Lakeland Catholic School Board. During his two terms with the board he served as a trustee, vice-chairman, and chairman.

He was first elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly on March 11, 1997 defeating Liberal incumbent Leo Vasseur in the new riding of Bonnyville-Cold Lake. He was re-elected to his second term on March 12, 2001, and to his third term on November 22, 2004. In addition to his duties as MLA, Ducharme has served as Government Caucus Whip, Chair of the Francophone Secretariat, co-chair of the Alberta Energy Research Institute (AERI), Deputy Chairman of the Special Standing committee on Members’ Services, and Deputy Chairman of the Standing Committee on Legislative Offices.

During his time in the Alberta Legislature, Ducharme sponsored four bills: Fair Trading Act; Maintenance Enforcement Amendment Act; Metis Settlements Statutes Amendment Act; and Fair Trading Amendment Act, 2000.

Personal life[edit]

Prior to being elected, he was involved with his family-owned Ford automotive dealership, Ducharme Motors Ltd., which has been operating in Bonnyville since 1959. He was involved in all aspects of dealership management and held a business interest in the operation from 1981 to 1994.

Ducharme and his wife, Rose, currently live in Bonnyville and have two adult children.

Ducharme is also one of the notable Franco-Albertans, in part due to the Bonnyville-Cold Lake area having a very large Francophone population in comparison to the rest of the province.

Election results[edit]

1997 Alberta general election: Bonnyville-Cold Lake
Party Candidate Votes % ±%[1]
Progressive Conservative Denis Ducharme 4,593 58.41% +12.81%
Liberal Leo Vasseur 2,323 29.54% -17.66%
Social Credit Robert Kratchmer 948 12.05%
Total 7,864
Rejected, spoiled and declined 11
Eligible electors / Turnout 16,185 48.66% -6.54%
Progressive Conservative notional gain from Liberal Swing +15.24%
2001 Alberta general election: Bonnyville-Cold Lake
Party Candidate Votes % ±%[2]
Progressive Conservative Denis Ducharme 5,641 70.65% +12.24%
Liberal Ronald Young 1,755 21.98% -7.56%
New Democratic Ellen Ulfsten 313 3.92%
Independent James Skretteberg 275 3.45%
Total 7,984
Rejected, spoiled and declined 44
Eligible electors / Turnout 16,688 48.11% -0.55%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing +9.90%
2004 Alberta general election: Bonnyville-Cold Lake
Party Candidate Votes % ±%[3]
Progressive Conservative Denis Ducharme 3,621 63.68% -6.97%
Alberta Alliance Shane Gervais 973 17.11%
Liberal Lloyd Mildon 781 13.74% -8.24%
New Democratic Denise Ogonoski 311 5.47% 1.55%
Total 5,686
Rejected, spoiled, and declined 42
Eligible electors / Turnout 17,704 32.35% -15.76%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -12.04%


  1. ^ "1997 General Election". Elections Alberta. Archived from the original on February 14, 2012. Retrieved January 26, 2012.
  2. ^ "2001 Statement of Official results Bonnyville-Cold Lake" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved March 3, 2010.
  3. ^ "Bonnyville-Cold Lake Statement of Official Results 2004 Alberta general election" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved March 7, 2010.

External links[edit]

Alberta Provincial Government of Ralph Klein
Cabinet post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Gary Mar Minister of Community Development
'None (Post Abolished)'
Other offices
Preceded by
New District
MLA Bonnyville-Cold Lake
Succeeded by
Genia Leskiw